LASSA FEVER: KOGI CONFIRMS 4 DEAD

…Kebbi confirms two cases

At least four people have died of Lassa fever in Kogi States while Kebbi State said it recorded two cases.

While Kebbi State government said the two cases were confirmed′ out of 12 suspected cases from January till date, Kogi State said the four deaths were out of 31 suspected cases.

The Kogi State Epidemiologist, Dr. Austin Ojotule, disclosed in a statement in Lokoja yesterday that the disease had claimed four lives.

Ojotule said the state statistics on Lassa fever outbreak update as at February 8, 2020, had a total of 31 suspected cases 17 turned out negative, nine  confirmed, while five  had pending laboratory results.

He said that four deaths were recorded among the nine confirmed cases with Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 44.4 per cent; the percentage of deaths from the confirmed cases.

The epidemiologist said that the nine confirmed cases were from five local government areas of Ibaji with two, Okene (two), Idah (three), Okehi (one) and Igalamela (one).

Ojotule, however, noted that contact tracing and follow-up were ongoing, adding that a total of 177 contacts had been line-listed.

Lassa fever broke out in the state about a month ago.

Meanwhile, the Kebbi State Epidemiologist, Dr. Assad Hassan, disclosed the two cases yesterday in a radio interview in Birnin-Kebbi.

Hassan said the two patients were from Kalgo and Birnin-Kebbi local government areas while nine of them tested negative and one still awaiting result.

The epidemiologist said that there was no cause for alarm as the disease was curable and the state government had provided all the necessary support to hospitals for effective service delivery.

Hassan called on the people to visit the nearest health facility in case of any symptom not only Lassa fever.

He advised people to desist from eating rodent as it is, according to him, one of the major causes of the virus.